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Nowhere That You Know

by Tal Cohen-Shalev

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I want you to see How it comes to be That I'm down on my knees again Eyes look to the sky No one told me why he doesn't look back at all Woke up and I walked the wire Soak up the pain and say goodbye Catch the wind, I'll make it sing Like bird inside a cage My eyes soon will dry Teach me how to fly Although I could never try I'm cold to the bone My tree's never grown But now I'm begging you, take me home Woke up and I walked the wire Soak up the pain and say goodbye Catch the wind, I'll make it sing Like bird inside a cage
Now and Then 03:29
Now and then I think of everything that's wrong with me Crippling fears and wasted years and those ahead I don’t know what they'll bring Sometimes when it's dark I'd lie beside old photographs Times that in my mind I've left behind Though now I wish I could go back This fish ain't out of water but this water's not for me Lately I've been thinking that my timing's right Just not the place to be Won't look in your eyes when walking down a busy street Too much for this little space You crowd the place and fucked the human race Nothing personal. You see, I'm not what I appear to be In my awkward smile I'm happy Though sometimes it's just to shut you up Now and then I pray and hope that soon I'll get my turn Though I know it's not more than a precious day until the sky will burn Now and then I tell myself it's not them, only me Life is what you make it while you're blind to things that you don’t want to see
The pen's in my hand But words just don't come out It's just as if the paper's laughing at me Thought that I'd get by with just the words and simple melodies But then again, it doesn't really work like that If only I could dig to find some drunken poet's soul and mind I'd have something to help me go along Wasted a song, now it's gone Not much I can say, guess I'll just carry on Today, it seems to me like such a distant memory Tomorrow is a shadow of what I used to be I know I've made mistakes before I've had my share of aches before Many times I've held my head and sighed When all is said and done Words were said and things were sung Although I think I may have sang it wrong Wasted a song, now it's gone Not much I can say, guess I'll just carry on Nothing comes to mind Through the weary years I thought I'd find A thing or two by now All my words are gone Painful memories linger on And so I leave you with a broken song Wasted a song, now it's gone Not much I can say, guess I'll just carry on
Born to the sound of violins Standing on the outside looking in Let he who's pure and without sin cast the first stone They smashed my face on the concrete floor Thank you, sir. May I have some more? Started getting blisters just keeping score of dreams all broken Take me to the one in charge I don’t like the things I see If you take my point of view One of sad sobriety Mankind on a killing spree Closing in on you and me Big man's pissed 'cause you've been bad You spit in my face and now he's mad But he's the best friend you could ever have Brimstone, fire! Work all day, break my back In the evening on the road Go home then I hit the sack In the morning another load In the end they put you in another box just like before
It's a Drag 02:19
Apple pies and picket fence Hopscotch in the yard Mad man on the lawn Daddy got his shoes He drives a big ol' fancy car All the money's gone Education's failing, All the rules are breaking down Must be something in the water Stupid's all around It's a drag no matter where you go Slow motion suicide and then you know You can't stay away Politics, a bore It's the same old song and dance No one cares at all Gallup polls and bumper stickers People on the streets Tell you what to think Overflowing, bombs are blowing up into the sky Who knows what surprises are in store for you and I It's a drag no matter where you go Slow motion suicide and then you know You can't stay away
Everyday 04:08
Every day is alright Any way is just fine We don't give you no trouble 'long as You walk the line Morning coffee is all over yesterday's news I lost every game I've ever played 'Till I got nothing to lose Every day is alright Any way is just fine While you go your own way Honey, I'll go in mine Got friends in high places Gonna help me go far It's do nothing job, pretty wife And a shiny new car Got screwed with my taxes Too little to fight The matter of fact is that you're probably right Just give me your number And we'll get along fine We won't let you go your way So why don't you go with mine? I don't bother at all One day you will find While you go in your way I'm doing well with mine
Mirror Man 03:14
Mirror man, why the long face? Well, is it just because you've yet to find your place Among the people outside? Mirror man, why look so down? Sometimes I wish you’d make a sound You too often run to hide Mirror man is on the wall Nobody hears a thing he says at all Mirror man, it's not ok You've had your fun, now go away But you know that I have to stay Mirror man, why look so blue? Self destruction's not like you But sometimes it feels so right
Big Engine 03:20
Think I'll take an aeroplane Come fly me far away Pulling all the stops, I don't care to stay Or perhaps an engine train Run down this lonely track More coal to the fire I'm never looking back Think I'll swim across the ocean to a distant land Maybe I'll come back a stronger wiser man Or maybe drive a motorcar with pistons made of chrome Think I'll go and find a place that I call home Run, get away Nowhere that you know Wish that I could go but we can't fly Run, stay away Fly me to the moon We won’t be there soon but we can try
Untitled 03:17
Look behind my setting sun Faded memories of old I am not the simple one To be unraveled and unfold Mama never had enough Daddy's going out to war Polaroids in bathroom stalls Faded memories to burn Poked our heads through crumbling walls Standing at the fork with no return No connection, hide away Same as we all done before
Times 03:43
Wasting away, I've got nothing to say Except for words that I stole from some wise man I know Inside there's nothing, outside it's bright I may not be so strong but I'm doing alright It's just wrong to pretend That it's all for the means with no end Grinded to dust But I ain't feeling too bad Treading warm waters of memories past And the times we've had Just not the same when I can't seem to tame All the demons I once had that put me to bed Things could be better when newspaper headers say "Lord, it's a pain, You'll be better off dead" It's a shame to forget that you pay for the things you regret Connecting the dots Staying inside the lines Shattered pictures of some place I've known In the best of times Nowhere to crawl with your back to the wall It's the winning that hurts once you realize your fate Nothing is lost, though you must pay the cost Of this strange indignation for those that you love Then you stop to think when you forgot how to start once again
You say that you need more time For you have long since lost it You can't even see the line For you have long since crossed it And me, I sit and wonder how You ever thought that I could care If you should cry and I should die If I'm no longer there Like a bird with broken wings I can fly no longer You can't break me down again For someday I'll be stronger And me, I sit and wonder how You ever thought that I could care If you should cry and I should die I'm standing over there May your wishes all come true I wish you'll be set free And have everything you'll ever need As long as you're away from me And me, I sit and wonder how You ever thought that I could care If you should cry and I should die Song is everywhere
She cast a pebble on the water crying The sun was rising on the hill She had a purple rose she crumpled in her fist And threw the petals on the reeds where they first kissed The miller boy he had green eyes He never noticed her that much She walked towards him from the foggy morning mist She wished to be among the reeds where they first kissed She told him that she dreamt of him all these nights He didn't even turn his head And while she cried he jumped and grabbed her by the wrist He stripped her down there by the reeds where they first kissed The water showed her no reflection The cypresses all looked away She had her bloodstained handkerchief inside her fist She lost herself down by the reeds where they first kissed


released March 22, 2012

Produced by Ori Winokur

Tal Cohen-Shalev- vocals, acoustic and electric guitars,
mandolin and banjo
Oded Naftali- harmonica, accordion and glockenspiel
Gal Shaya- electric and double bass
Eli Aizik- drums
Shir-Ran Yinon- violin and viola
Hadas Kleinman- cello
Idit Mintzer- trumpet and French horn
Sefi Zisling- additional trumpet on track 4
Yoni Levin- Piano, Hammond and synthesizer
Ori Winokur- backing vocals on track 4
Lee Gaon- backing vocals on tracks 2, 14

Words and music to all songs by Tal Cohen-Shalev
Arrangements by Tal Cohen-Shalev and Ori Winokur
Strings and Brass Arrangements by Shir-Ran Yinon and Ori Winokur
Recorded by Asaf Shay and Eran Alpern at Kitcha Studio Tel Aviv
Piano and Hammond recorded at Pluto Studios Tel Aviv
Assistant engineer at Pluto - Daniel Anglister
Mixed By Nadav Katz
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering , Ventura , CA , USA

front cover design by Ori Maor,
photo by Shiri Klein


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